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Re: Tiny tetrapods







>> There's an adult lizard in Cuba called *Sphaerodactylus* that gets about

>>as small, two can curl on a dime. Hatchlings are far smaller.


>There's also an adult chamaeleon in Madagascar that is in the same size range. -- If we leave the >amniotes, the smallest adult tetrapod seems to be a frog in Cuba which measures 9 mm. It's so >small that it lays only one egg -- but that egg is big enough that the entire tadpole stage is >spent inside. Seen on TV on Tuesday.



So the smallest frog, the smallest lizard and the smallest bird (Bee Hummingbird) are all Cuban. Being very small is apparently a better idea on islands than on continents.


Tommy Tyrberg